The city of Yelm is now in the beginning stages of developing a South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) satellite branch and business space thanks to recent funding in the capital budget established by the state Legislature.
Yelm now has the funds necessary — approximately $200,000, to be exact — to begin the design and planning process of the multi-story, mixed-use space, according to a press release distributed Monday by the city. The structure would be built on a half-acre lot that the city purchased alongside its new city hall on Second Street.
“Ever since we purchased the land, we have been wanting to utilize it in a way that benefits our community,” councilmember Cody Colt said in a press release. “Creating an innovative education service center is a way for us to invest in our citizens in multiple ways — providing a dedicated space for secondary education, technology training and breaking down barriers local businesses face to continue strengthening our local economy.”
The grant will allow the city to fund the conceptual design of the project, produce architectural renderings and bring cost estimates forward.
“We are grateful for our legislators who worked with us to find the most appropriate funding source in the final budget adopted by the Legislature,” City Administrator Michael Grayum said in a press release.
The business incubator will serve rural parts of Thurston County and Pierce County, a first of its kind resource for lower Nisqually Valley residents and local businesses.
Since the purchase of the lot, councilmembers have been working with city officials and regional partners to explore the development of the property to serve the local population.